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Two old men debating politics underneath revolutionary graffiti, Tahrir Square, Cairo, Egypt.

The Spring of Arab Discontent

Confident, poised, and gracious, U.S. Ambassador Margaret Scobey appeared ever the eloquent diplomat during her speech to the Vanderbilt community on the Arab Spring and Egypt’s political situation since the series of protests in 2010 that shook the world. Serving as U.S. ambassador to Egypt from 2008 to 2011, Scobey addressed the monumental nature of the changes that swept through the Middle East…

Posted by webcomm on November 30, 2012 in Fall 2012, ,



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Margaret Scobey

A native of Memphis, Margaret Scobey graduated from the University of Tennessee and pursued doctoral studies in history at the University of Michigan. Prior to her posting in Egypt, Scobey served as ambassador to Syria and was appointed director of Arabian Peninsula affairs in the Department of State for Yemen, Jerusalem, Kuwait, Pakistan, and Peru. During this time, she also was staff assistant to the assistant secretary of Near East and South Asian affairs, watch officer in the operations center, political-military officer in the Office of Arab-Israel Affairs, and deputy director of the secretariat staff.

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